THEME: BLESSINGS OF GOD
““Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. “The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.”
-Numerous chapters witness that obedience to God’s word precede His blessings. This chapter is entirely an exposition of blessings that result from obedience causing joyful living, and curses that proceed from disobedience bringing forth misery. 1 Samuel 15:22 reveals that, “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of ram”. God’s faithfulness endures forever and He calls us to be faithful to Him through obedience. To fear Him and diligently follow His voice. Psalms 5:12 declares that, “Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” God’s blessings span from family, one self and the entire nation, and He surrounds us with His shield. From the beginning, God has promised to make you the head and not the tail and position the nation high above all the nations of the earth, if you obey. Obedience to God’s word is a sign of humility, and humility comes before honor. You are called to humble yourself before the LORD will set you above and not below. God also promises that favor will be upon you in the city and the country. To bless the fruit of your womb and the work of your hands. To grant you victory before those who intend evil against you and cancel all the plans of the enemy. Finally, to bring forth peace to you, your household and nation, from everlasting to everlasting.
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Thank You God for this far that You brought us and the far that You are taking us. Thank You for for Your eternal blessings upon our lives, families, churches and nation. Thank You for the plans that You have for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. We lift You high and glorify Your holy name. Only You Lord are worthy of our praises and worship. Take charge of our lives, families and nation, and grant us the grace to fear You Jehovah. Grant us the wisdom to diligently harken to Your voice merciful Father. Only You LORD are merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy, forgive us for the many times we have gone against Your holy will. Only You are Holy, only You are Righteous, cover us with Your precious blood that speaks better things than that of Abel. All glory, honor, praise and adoration belongs to You Jesus. As the heavens are high above the earth, so great is You mercy toward those who fear You, as far as the east is from the west, so far have You removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so You LORD pity those who fear You. Thank You Jesus for Your mercy and love upon us. We humbly ask You to grant us the grace to fear You Abba Father and the wisdom to only do Your will. You crown us with Your lovingkindness and tender mercies, we shall be the heads and not the tail. Our nation shall be the top and not the bottom. We shall lend to many nations and borrow from none. Thank You for loving us Father. Grant us the grace to fear You and harken to Your voice. You satisfy our mouths with good things and renew our youth like the eagle’s, all glory and praise belongs to You Jesus. Bless the work of our hands and increase us LORD. May Your divine favor be upon us in the cities and in the country, when we go out and when we come in. Thank You Jesus for loving us. We humbly ask You to expand our territories and level the mountains for us, for all our trust is in You. Break the bars of Iron and grant us victory in all things according to Your merciful love. All glory, honor, power, blessings and salvation belongs to You LORD now and forever. Amen
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